German Language
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  • Our Methods
  • Schedule

German Language Course Levels & Course Content

We aim to give you a sense of achievement after a very short time. With our courses you will make fast progress in learning German and broaden your communicative and intercultural competence. You can choose from our wide-ranging courses in the morning, evening or on weekends.

German is the most widely spoken language in the European Union and one of the international language. Because it originates from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, it also shares certain similarities with English.

German is a valuable asset in the world. If you can speak German that opens up not just Germany but other European countries such as Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg, which you will be able to appreciate and enjoy much more.

For Culture: Germany’s cultural contribution to the world has been vast. Indeed, when it comes to intellectual contribution, few countries can match Germany’s output. Learning German can increase your exposure to, and understanding of, this rich cultural heritage.

For Culture: Knowing the language can therefore expand your study opportunities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

For Work: For many people the major incentive for learning German is an economic one. Having a good command of the language greatly increases your employability

Topics

Our German courses will deal with areas such as grammar, using every day phrases, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation – all of which are standard elements of any good language class. However, programmes will differ from one another in their scope and comprehensiveness: there are enough course options to cater for German speakers of all levels of competence and ability – from beginners with no experience to advanced students looking to fine-tune their command of German.

The focus in beginner’s German language classes is on teaching students the basics: learning how to greet, thank, or introduce you to others can all go a long way to making a foreign holiday all the more enjoyable. By developing your German vocabulary, you can also increase your understanding the origins of certain words we use in every day.

More advanced programs will build on a students’ existing knowledge in order to increase their ability to communicate effectively in German. The focus of such intensive courses tends to be on developing conversational language skills through improving fluency, developing a greater familiarity with grammar rules, and by expanding the range of one’s vocabulary.

Benefits

Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options. When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life:

  • Business
  • The global career
  • Tourism and hospitality industry
  • Science and Research
  • Communication
  • Cultural understanding
  • Travel
  • Enjoyment of literature, music, art and philosophy
  • Opportunities to study/work in Germany

Excellence offers 6 course levels ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. Follow this link for a comparison of our course levels with the European Framework of Reference.

German Language Programs for adults, professionals and companies

EXCELLENCE offers a wide range of language training options for you or employees. Professional language teachers with intercultural expertise provide interactive training in German with plenty of many different types of learning activities. The contents are always geared to the specific needs of the participants.

  • Individual and group training

Customised training - also available, if desired

  • Evening / extensive courses

Training formats over several weeks – also available evenings or weekends

  • Intensive courses

From two to eight weeks – New participants join on the starting date

  • Special courses for professionals

Communication training for everyday working life in Germany; special courses for lawyers and doctors

The course includes:

  • Individual needs analysis and advice
  • Training at all levels
  • Placement test before the beginning of the course
  • All course materials included
  • Regular monitoring of progress
  • Participation certificate
  • Self-study in the media resource center
  • Opportunity to take an exam

German Language Programs for Kids and Teens

With our Kids & Teens Language Programs you're giving your child the opportunity to really enjoy being immersed in a foreign language and get motivated to learn. This opens up new opportunities and possibilities - for example at school or later on in their career choice.

We group the Kids and Teens into small groups according to and language level. This encourages interaction with each other, and ensures fast progress and a relaxed atmosphere.

Choose from three options to ensure your child's success in language learning:

Vacation Courses: Compact crash courses in the school holidays

Weekly Courses: Lessons take place regularly 1 x per week.

Your child has everything to gain

Learning languages promotes the cognitive development of your child, is character building and boosts self-confidence. Especially important: Unlike in school, at Berlitz your child learns without pressure and memorizing by rote, but with lots of fun and motivation!

Individual advice

You will find an individual point of contact at our centre. We will be happy to communicate with you on a regular basis and provide feedback on learning progress.

In a detailed consultation, we will develop a program geared to the needs of your employees. This includes defining the lesson contents and individual training formats based on your input.

For information or to arrange a meeting, please contact us

Placement:

After a written assessment test and an oral assessment interview you are placed in the appropriatelevel. The written assessment test takes approximately 60 minutes and covers grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills. It is available online and please return the placement test by email or take the assessment from centre before the starting of the course, otherwise it is possible that you might miss the first day’s classes.

Course levels:

We offer 6 course levels, each with a 14 - 16 weeks training. Levels start at absolute beginner and progress to advanced. It is the responsibility of the teacher to decide whether a student may proceed to the next level.

A1

You have little knowledge of German. You learn how to make simple enquiries in speaking and writing, and to give instructions. You build on your basic grammar skills and increase your vocabulary.

Contact hours:

Standard Course: 80 course lessons with 5 to 6 hours training per week.

Average course duration

14 – 16 weeks

Starting dates:

Every Month.

Prerequisites:

14 – 16 weeks of Beginner course or basic knowledge of German: ability to introduce oneself and talk about simple everyday situations.

Grammatical prerequisites:

The student has little knowledge of German, for example the ability to introduce oneself and talk about simple everyday situations or no knowledge

Outline of course content:

He/she learns how to make simple enquiries in speaking and writing and to give instructions, builds on his/her basic grammar skills and increases his/her vocabulary. The following language functions are among those practised: asking the way; giving directions; asking for and giving information; discussing home and the household; describing people and their character; defining shape, size and colour of objects; asking for and giving opinions; the working world; returning faulty goods to a shop.

Certificate:

Optional: A1

A2

You have some knowledge of German. You learn how to express yourself adequately in familiar, everyday situations and to read and understand simple texts.

Contact hours: Standard Course: 80 course lessons with 5- 6 hours per week.
Average course duration

14 – 16 weeks

Starting dates:

Every Month.

Prerequisites:

A1 course or good basic knowledge of German: ability to talk about everyday situations, ask the way and give simple descriptions.

Grammatical prerequisites:

Imperfect tense, Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative, Adjective declension, simple Subordinate Clauses, simple Prepositions.

Outline of course content:

The student has some knowledge of German. He/she learns how to express him/herself adequately in familiar, everyday situations and to read and understand simple texts. Main course topics include: holidays and travel, living abroad, nature and the environment, family, the generation problem, population, living, the concept of home, news, politics, radio programmes.

Certificate:

Optional: A2

B1

Your basic German skills are incomplete. You consolidate and revise basic grammar structures, and learn to lead discussions on interesting topics.

Contact hours:

Standard Course: 80 course lessons of 5-6 hours per week.

Average course duration

14 – 16 weeks

Starting dates:

Every Month.

Prerequisites:

A2 course or very good basic knowledge of German. Understanding of everyday spoken and written situations, ability to communicate in day-to-day contexts.

Grammatical prerequisites:

Imperfect tense, Perfect tense, Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative, Adjective declension, Subordinate Clauses, direct and indirect Subordinate Clauses, Prepositions.

Outline of course content:

After completing B1 the student should have a basic command of the fundamentals of German grammar and be in the position to participate in simple discussions and to understand simple texts, including the main points of short press articles. He/she consolidates and revises basic grammar structures and learns to discuss interesting topics. Main topics include: Travel & tourism, employment and the working world, school, education, history, politics & culture, literature.

Certificate:

Optional: B1

B2

You have a command of the essentials of German. You practise reading, writing and discussing difficult topics and work-related issues.

Contact hours:

Standard Course: 80 course lessons of 5 to 6 hours per week.

Average course duration

14 – 16 weeks

Starting dates:

Every Month.

Prerequisites:

B1 or good German skills: problem-free and fluent communication in everyday situations, basic understanding of simple press articles and films, the ability to discuss familiar topics.

Grammatical prerequisites:

Basic command of the essentials of German grammar, in particular all tense forms, Present and Imperfect Subjunctive, Passive, Adjective declension, Subordinate Clauses & sentence structure.

Outline of course content:

The student should learn to express him/herself fluently about a variety of moderately difficult topics and without preparation. He/she learns to express his/her opinion, to state his/her views, to discuss, analyse and interpret simpler texts, to summarize them and give an account of them. The basic grammatical structures are revised again and consolidated on an intermediate level. The prerequisite is a command of basic grammar!

Certificate:

Optional: B2

C1

You have a good command of German. You learn to express yourself clearly both in speaking and writing on a large number of topics and to understand almost all texts.

Contact hours:

Standard Course: 80 course lessons of 5 to 6 hours per week

Average course duration

14 – 16 weeks

Starting dates:

Every Month.

Prerequisites:

B2 or a very good knowledge of German: problem-free and fluent communication in everyday situations, understanding of newspaper articles and films, ability to converse on a number of topics. Comprehensive and sound command of the language and use of a large range of language devices.

Grammatical prerequisites:

The student must have a good command of German grammar, all tense forms, all applications of the Present and Imperfect Subjunctive, Subordination, Participle Constructions, Prepositions

Outline of course content:

The student has a good command of German. He/she learns to express him/herself clearly both in speaking and writing on a large number of topics and to understand almost all texts. For example: Art: fine arts - interviews given by artists - interpretation of art, learning German: experiences and problems in assimilating a foreign language, sports, Austrian regional studies, Austria-Germany-Switzerland comparison, use of different types of text, literature (poetry).

Certificate:

Optional: C1

C2

You can express yourself fluently in German. You work on literary, socio-political, cultural and scientific topics.

Contact hours:

Standard Course: 80 course lessons of 5 to 6 hours per week.

Average course duration

14 – 16 weeks

Starting dates:

Every Month.

Prerequisites:

C1 or excellent knowledge of German: problem-free and fluent communication in situations of all kind, understanding of complex written and oral passages of all kind, the ability to discuss complex topics. Comprehensive and sound command of German and use of a large range of language devices.

Grammatical prerequisites:

The student must have a very good command of German grammar.

Outline of course content:

The student can express him/herself fluently in German. He/she works on literary, sociopolitical, cultural and scientific topics.

Certificate:

Optional: C2

Course Levels

Placement:

After a written assessment test and an oral assessment interview you are placed in the appropriate level.

The written assessment test takes approximately 60 minutes and covers grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills. It is available online. Please return the placement test by email or take directly from the centre before the stating of the course; otherwise it is possible that you might miss the first day’s classes.

Course levels (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages):

We offer six course levels, each with a 14- 16 week syllabus. Levels start at absolute Beginner and progress to Advanced. It is the responsibility of the teacher to decide whether a student may proceed to the next level. Weekly tests aid this decision. If a student's skills are incompatible with those of the rest of the group, it is naturally also possible to switch levels mid-course after consulting the school management.

A1

You can understand familiar words and elementary sentences, phrase simple questions and describe yourself and others. You can speak about everyday situations.

A2

You can understand single sentences and information on familiar topics (e.g. family, shopping and work) and can obtain practical details from everyday texts.

B1

You can understand the gist of conversations, radio and TV shows about familiar everyday and working life situations, when standard language is spoken.

B2

You can understand longer oral and written input and complex arguments, newscasts, reports and films provided that the topic is somewhat familiar and standard language is used. You can compose elaborate texts in which you clearly reproduce and depict information.

C1

You can understand longer complex oral and written contributions, whether or not from your area of expertise. You can express yourself spontaneously and fluently and link your remarks with those of your dialogue partner.

C2

You have no difficulties understanding, however require time to get accustomed to accents. You communicate fluently, adapting your style to the situation

Our Methods

We use our proven-effective instructional methods and our individual programs reflect the same high quality standards as our corporate solutions, increasing your value in the marketplace as much as possible in our German courses. Since every group is different, our teachers take an individual approach to each group and flexibly adapt their teaching methods to students' respective learning needs.

The basic programme provides intensive coaching in grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. Reading and listening comprehensions as well as written exercises are important components of our German courses. One of our basic principles is to ensure a maximum of oral communication. You are encouraged to practice your spoken German with your teacher and with your classmates.

Modern Teaching Materials

We use textbooks by the best publishers and complement them with our own authentic material. Our courses follow accepted curriculum, from Beginners to Advanced. Excellence claims modern teaching materials and equipment. Computers, DVDs and CDs are among the aids used in tuition and sessions. The use of our multimedia library and computer facilities is a good way of adding to and reinforcing the skills acquired in class.

Our Teachers

Our teachers see themselves as your friends and partners. They are native speakers of standard German, and take genuine pleasure in working with you. They are highly qualified and well experienced in teaching all age groups. Participants profit from different styles of teaching, teacher personalities and variations in pronunciation of modern German.

Schedule

Depending on your availability , your lessons will take place in the morning, in the afternoon during weekdays or weekends

  • Standard Course
09:00 – 12:30 p.m Mondays & Wednesdays
7:00 – 09:30 p.m Mondays & Wednesdays
02:30 - 5:00 p.m Fridays
10 :00 – 12:30 p.m Saturdays
  • Intensive Course (Semi Private Groups and Private Class)

Classes will be arranged as required

  • Holiday Course

Classes will be scheduled during every winter/summer holidays depending on breaks